March 21, 2016: Audi will be the latest international luxury carmaker to opt for local assembly of engines for its models, according to a report. The Volkswagen group – which owns Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen brands – has confirmed that it plans to start assembling the 2.0 litre diesel engine at its Pune plant by the end of the year.
Volkswagen has a diesel engine assembly plant in Chakan near Pune. The engines assembled at the plant would be fitted across various models for all three brands. According to CNBC-TV18, the models that are likely to use the 2.0-l diesel engine assembled at Chakan could include the Audi A4 and A6 sedans and the compact luxury crossover SUV Q5; the Volkswagen Passat, the Jetta and compact crossover Tiguan TDI; and the Skoda Octavia, Superb and next generation SUV Vision S.
Audi has been building cars for the local Indian market in Aurangabad in Maharashtra since 2007. The Škoda Auto India plant assembles the Audi A4, the Audi A6, the Audi Q5 and the Audi Q7. The German luxury carmaker imports engines, gearbox and transmissions.
The company also imports the Audi S4, Audi A7, Audi A8L, Audi TT, Audi RS5 and Audi R8.